|From:||Erik Jameson <erikj@****.COM>|
|Subject:||4th to 5th World|
|Date:||Tue, 21 Apr 1998 19:42:22 -0400|
>On a slightly different timescale I know, but if ritual bones were actually
>continuously used, they would probably maintain some kind of auric residue
>no matter what kind of physical treatment occured. Doesnt apply to those
>buried in the ground for millenia of course.
Ah, but what would that aura be? That of the original critter, or that of
the magic it was used for? Almost certainly that of the magic it was used
>>PS: Here's an interesting question to those following this topic; what
>>happened at the transition from 4th age to 5th? We know what happened as
>>the world entered the 6th, with goblinization and magic and the like; what
>>happens when your neighbor the troll suddenly becomes human? Or the magic
>>you depended on to light your house at night is gone? Or those fantastic
>>warrior abilities you count on to keep you alive are gone and you aren't an
>>adept any more, just a common warrior?
>>That would an interesting exercise in sociology and psychology.
>>From 'Worlds Without End' I think, "They only need a certain level of mana
>to come through, not to survive" ie, the Horrors. Also, the IE's seemed to
>be able to do some magic in the down-cycle, though not much. So the troll
>would probably stay a troll, but have lots of little humies rather than more
Okay, so the trolls have human babies and so on. But what about their
societies? I should think that major portions of their economies,
religions, customs, etc., would simply collapse without the magic. The
collapse of a society is fascinating; look what's been going on in Germany,
with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent fall of communist
Eastern Germany (DDR, ja?) and the problems of the two very different
cultures clashing...or Russia, with the collapse of the USSR and it's
changes in culture.
The collapse of Thera would be a massive blow to the world of Earthdawn.
It would be like the lose of the Roman Empire, bringing with it a "dark ages."
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